A9 dualling

Map of the A9 route - click for a larger version
Map of the A9 route - click for a larger version

Transport Scotland plans to upgrade this vital part of the A9 between Perth and Inverness to dual carriageway by 2025.

The A9 is the longest trunk road in Scotland and this £3 billion project involves the challenging upgrade of 80 miles of single carriageway along the route between the cities of Perth and Inverness.

In December 2011, the Scottish Government published its Infrastructure and Investment Plan (IIP), which details plans for up to £60 billion of spending until 2030.

The IIP sets out that the A9 between Perth and Inverness will be dualled by 2025, with a view to completing dualling of the A96, and thus, the dualled road network between all Scottish cities by 2030.

Dualling the A9 between Perth and Inverness will provide the following benefits and opportunities:

  • economic growth
  • improved road safety
  • improved journey times and reliability
  • improved access to the tourist and recreation sites
  • improved links to pedestrian, cycling and public transport facilities

Project updates


Public exhibitions are being held in Bankfoot on 2 and 3 April 2014 to update the public on the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam dualling scheme.

Date: Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 April 2014          
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Bankfoot Church Centre
Tulliebelton Road
Perth PH1 4BS

Previous exhibitions

Public exhibitions were held in Kincraig and Aviemore on 18 and 19 November to let the public see updated information about the Kincraig to Dalraddy section of the Scottish Government’s ambitious A9 Dualling programme.

A series of public exhibitions were held in June 2013 to provide updates on the dualling programme. Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

"The benefits of a fully dualled A9 are clear - communities and business who live along or use this important route will see faster journey times, better journey time reliability and road safety improvements.

"That is why a substantial amount of work has already been taken forward since we set out our ambitious strategy for the £3 billion programme last June, the first Government ever to do so.

"Along the length of the route, preliminary detailed engineering and environmental assessments have allowed us to develop a potential 200 metre wide 'corridor' along the line of the existing A9. In addition, 25 possible locations for flyover junctions have also been identified.

"The A9 passes through areas which are outstanding in wildlife and landscape terms. That is why it is important that we examine the possible impacts of the programme on the environment. I would urge anyone with an interest to comment on the Strategic Environmental Assessment for the route which we are today publishing for consultation.

"Coupled with the route wide work, we are also progressing design work on three dualling schemes with the preferred routes on show for the two of the sections - Luncarty to Pass of Birnam and Kincraig to Dalraddy - with a view to work starting on the latter scheme in 2015/16 and in 2017 on the Luncarty to Pass of Birnam stretch."